Bettendorf High School Planetarium to feature spring shows on Shakespeare, the Sun and Whitman

The Don Schaefer Planetarium at Bettendorf High School offers some pretty interesting presentations – beyond that old routine of traveling through the universe – from January to May 2022.

Each extraordinary show begins at 7 p.m. They are free but space is limited, so please call ahead to reserve at 563-332-4516 or email Christopher Like at [email protected] Masks are strongly encouraged for the safety of all guests.

Christopher Like, the STEM coordinator for the Bettendorf Community School District, at the Donald Schaefer Planetarium at Bettendorf High School, which he also runs.

The programs (at 3333 18th St., Bettendorf) are:

  • January 25: two small pieces of glass – All ages | Professional manufacturing. This show introduces us to the history of telescopes, how they work and what scientists have discovered with them. It is aimed at upper secondary or secondary school students, but there is a lot to learn for the whole family.
  • January 25: The Astrology of William Shakespeare – All ages | BHS Production. William Shakespeare wrote some of the most famous plays in history. From Star Crossed Lovers to Julius Caesar or Henry VIII, the bard has used the stars as focal points in his pieces. Where did he draw his inspiration from and how did the sky influence his writing?
  • February 22: Ghost of the Universe – 14 years old – Adult | Professional manufacturing. Are you curious about what makes up the fundamental particles of the universe? This show tackles some of the most intriguing questions of the 21st century. Where do we all come from? What are we all made of? The show lasts about 40 minutes, with the remaining time being spent answering questions that I know will arise during the show.
  • March 29: Oasis in space – All ages | Professional manufacturing. This show takes us to the far reaches of space to show us how lucky we are to live in our own oasis in the vast cosmos.
  • March 29: Renaissance – All ages | BHS Production. This show takes us back to the birth of modern science in what we call the rebirth.
  • April 19: Sunstruck – All ages | Professional manufacturing. Explore the sun and its influence on life on Earth.
  • April 19: Modeling of the solar system – All ages | Live show. We will examine a set of planets in the night sky and create a model of the solar system based on their positions relative to the horizon and other properties of the planets. This is a live show with audience participation.
  • May 24: From Earth to the Universe – All ages | Professional manufacturing. This show discusses the latest breakthroughs in astronomy and cosmology while taking us to the far reaches of the known universe.
  • May 24: The Works of Walt Whitman – All ages | BHS Production. This show was produced as an extension of our AP American Literature class to feature the works of transcendentalist poet Walt Whitman.

Arline J. Mercier